Central Community College Health And Science Education Center


The new Central Community College Health and Science Education Center in Grand Island, NE is the latest addition to the college’s expanding campus. Providing traditional classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories, the 44,000 sq. ft. facility is also equipped with high-tech “distance learning” capabilities to allow interaction with instructors and students at other locations throughout the Central Community College system.

Approximately 12,500 sq. ft. of Dri-Design panels were used on the project in both exterior and interior applications. The .080” aluminum panels were finished in Crystal Ice.

The patented Dri-Design Wall Panel System is an affordable dry joint, pressure-equalized rainscreen system.

Wilkins Hinrichs Stober Architects, Kearney, NE, was the project’s designer. “The building is linked to other campus structures that utilize a material palette of traditional masonry and metal,” explained Rod Randolph, project architect. “We used those materials on the exterior as well as actually bringing them to the interior of the building. We also employed a significant wood canopy in the large gathering area to bring the space down to scale. The material mix on the interior delivers a high tech feel yet creates a comfortable, inviting environment.”

The architectural firm has considerable experience with Dri-Design. “We had used it before and we’ve used it since,” Randolph said. “It provides a great value.”

Installation of the Dri-Design panels was done by SGH, Inc., Omaha. “Not only did we have the Dri-Design, we also installed the sunshades and the curved ACM that integrated with the Dri-Design soffits and the vertical window mullions,” said Jeremy Zerzan, project manager. “There was a tremendous amount of joint layout on our end as well as Dri-Design’s to get the proper size panels to match all of the elements. It was one of the more challenging jobs we’ve done but it really turned out great.”

Dri-Design panels can be made from a variety of materials including painted aluminum, zinc, copper and stainless steel and are 100% recyclable. Panels are available in any Kynar color in both standard and custom sizes.

About Dri-Design

DriDesign_logo_020511Dri-Design was founded in 1995 to "solve significant problems with traditional metal panel systems—delamination, staining because of the effects of weather on joints and gaskets, a lack of color and texture options, the rising cost of production and inefficient installation practices." Panels of the Dri-Design® Wall Panel System can be installed over commercial-grade Tyvek onto plywood, or they can be used with outboard insulation pressure-equalized rainscreen systems. The 100% recyclable panels can be manufactured from a variety of materials, including zinc, copper, stainless steel, and painted and anodized aluminum. Panels are available in any fluoropolymer paint color and are sized and detailed to meet the specific requirements of each project. Unique profiles include: Shadow, Tapered, Perforated, Embossed, Textured, Imaging Technology and Inspire. These options create angles, textures, depth, images and performance that cannot be matched. The Dri-Design® Wall Panel System is Dade County and AAMA 508-07 approved.

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